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Class 2A/1A notes from Friday: Two-time runner-up Jake Svihel adds relaxation to routine

By JIM PAULSEN AND JACK WHITE, Star Tribune staff writers, 03/02/18, 11:37PM CST


When he’s fully warmed up, Jake Svihel finds a place to sit and immerse himself in … nothing.

Marshall's Wyatt Martin pinned Perham's Dawson Kellogg at 3:55 during their Class 2A 170 lb quarterfinal match Friday. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky *

Two years and two second-place finishes was enough to drive Totino-Grace’s Jake Svihel to make some changes.

The junior 120-pounder, an admitted overthinker, decided he needed a little more relaxation in his pre-match routine.

So, when he’s fully warmed up, Svihel finds a place to sit and immerse himself in … nothing.

“If I’m worrying about my opponent, I can psych myself out,” said Svihel, who advanced to Saturday’s semifinals with a 20-8 victory over Robby Horsman of Kasson-Mantorville. “I just like to clear my mind.”

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